By now, you’ve probably heard the phrase “net neutrality” used in connection with President Donald Trump’s efforts to gut net neutrality rules.
While the net neutrality protections were intended to prevent internet providers from blocking, slowing down, or otherwise favoring some types of content, they also allow websites and services to operate without charge.
As a result, internet service providers (ISPs) can charge content providers, including Facebook, Netflix, YouTube, and other companies, to prioritise or slow down certain content.
These types of “paid prioritisation” practices have been widely criticized by consumers, activists, and the general public.
“Net neutrality” has also become a rallying cry for some conservative and libertarian activists who oppose government regulations that favor the free flow of information online.
While it’s true that “net zero” internet access is an idea that many people support, some have argued that it’s an anti-government policy and that internet service will be better for people without a choice in how to access the internet.
While internet providers like Comcast and Verizon have come out in support of net neutrality, others like AT&T, Time Warner, and Cox have taken a harder stance.
As part of the debate over net neutrality this year, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts took the unusual step of releasing a statement stating that “Internet service providers are not responsible for how content is delivered to their customers.
The content they offer is delivered in a way that allows consumers to choose and access content that they want.”
The statement was followed by a statement from Verizon Communications CEO Lowell McAdam that read: “Our position is simple: we support open, free, and competitive markets.
Our companies are committed to ensuring that we have a robust and reliable Internet infrastructure, which we can invest in for our customers.”
On Tuesday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to overturn a rule adopted by the Obama administration that would have given internet service provider (ISP) and wireless carrier (T-Mobile) service a higher priority in delivering online content to consumers than the internet companies themselves.
The FCC’s decision, which will take effect on January 17, is widely expected to have wide-reaching repercussions, including potentially slowing the internet for millions of Americans.
Many are questioning whether the FCC’s action will actually make things better for consumers.
“We believe that the FCC has gone too far in reversing the Obama-era net neutrality rule, which is already affecting consumers across the country,” said Jennifer King, a consumer advocacy activist with the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
“With the FCC decision, we hope that the next administration will take a different approach to ensuring equal access to the internet, and we will continue to fight for this important principle.”
If you’d like to learn more about the history and impact of the internet and net neutrality in general, we highly recommend reading this report from Motherboard.
But for now, let’s take a look at what it takes to stop Trump’s anti-net neutrality plans from taking effect.
How to protect yourself and your internet connection from Trump’s internet-killing plan The first thing to do when you see a government website or a site that is hosted on the internet is to check to see if it’s being blocked.
If the page is not accessible or is not available to users, then you may want to turn off your internet service.
The most common reason why internet service is blocked is because it violates the terms of service that govern how internet service companies like Comcast, Verizon, and AT<d operate.
While blocking a site can be difficult, many users simply disable the website from their web browser.
This is a common and inexpensive tactic to block websites that are known to be in violation of terms of services, especially if they contain copyrighted material.
“There are a lot of ways that people can protect themselves and their internet service from Trump-style internet censorship,” said Michael Malbin, a senior policy analyst at the Center for Democracy & Technology.
“First, it’s important to understand how ISPs are required to adhere to the terms and conditions of service.
If you’re on a website that is hosting content that violates a specific legal agreement or policy, then blocking that site is a very low-risk way to protect your internet privacy.”
Malbin also recommends that users keep an eye on whether their internet provider is offering a free plan that provides a fast connection or even a fast data connection.
The Free Basics initiative is a program that is currently being rolled out to the majority of the country.
In addition to offering free internet access, Free Basics offers high-speed internet to millions of rural and remote areas around the world, with the goal of bringing affordable internet access to as many people as possible.
However, in order to offer this service to everyone, Free and Open Access, which also includes other internet-based services like Skype, Netflix